Hiroyasu Tanaka (02)
Hiroyasu Tanaka (田中 浩康)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 170 lb.
- School Waseda University
- High School Jinsei Gakuen High School
Hiroyasu Tanaka has been a middle infielder with the Yakult Swallows. He was a first-round pick of the Swallows in the 2004 draft and was 2 for 4 with a double for them in 2005. His first hit came off Kenta Asakura on May 4. In 2006, he hit .266/.326/.393 while backing up Greg LaRocca at second base; he also saw some action at short.
Tanaka became a starter at 2B in 2007 and produced at a .295/.348/.415 rate with 8 steals in 9 tries. He led the Central League in triples (8, 3 more than runner-up Ryota Wakiya) and sacrifice hits (51, 31 more than runner-up Masahiro Araki). He usually hit second behind Norichika Aoki. Tanaka was named to the Best Nine as the best second sacker in the Central circuit.
Main Source: Japan Baseball Daily by Gary Garland